PBA stars Mike Fagan, Kelly Kulick to represent Team USA at World Games


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    2013EBT04MikeFagan.jpg201213PBAKellyKulick.jpgTeam USA members Mike Fagan (pictured left) of Dallas and Kelly Kulick (right) of Union, N.J., will represent the United States at the 2013 World Games this summer in Cali, Colombia.

    The duo will look to give Team USA its first gold medal in World Games competition. Since the World Games began in 1981, the United States has won two silver medals and three bronze medals but has been shut out of the gold medals in the event, which is held every four years.

    USBCRodRossITCHeadCoach.jpg"The World Games traditionally features a very tough field and it has been difficult to win medals as there are only two events - singles and mixed doubles," said Team USA head coach Rod Ross (left), who made the selections along with the rest of the Team USA coaching staff.

    "Team USA has a very talented roster, so it was very difficult to select who would compete in this event. I'm confident Mike and Kelly will represent us well in Cali."

    The last Team USA medal at the World Games came in 2005 in Duisburg, Germany, when Team USA's Andrew Cain took the men's singles bronze. Vernon Peterson and Darold Meisel each earned men's singles silver medals in 1997 and 1989, respectively.

    For the U.S. women, Patty Ann won a singles bronze in 1989, while Mary Lou Vining also won a singles bronze in 1981. The United States has never medaled in mixed doubles.

    2013WorldGamesLogo.jpgBowling is one of more than 36 sports not currently included in the Olympics that will be showcased in the World Games for 11 days beginning July 25. Eight countries from each of the three zones (American, Asian and European) of the World Tenpin Bowling Association will represent bowling by sending one male and one female athlete.

    The bowling competition at the World Games will begin Aug. 1 with six games of Mixed Doubles followed by the stepladder finals. The men's and women's Singles event will take place Aug. 2-4 with a total of 12 games of qualifying followed by round-robin match play and the stepladder finals.

    In addition to the United States, the American Zone will be represented by Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The European Zone countries will be England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine while the Asian Zone will send China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei as well as Macau and Philippines, who replaced Australia and Hong Kong, who both withdrew from the World Games.





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